National Girls Collaborative Project
NGCP E-Newsletter
December 2007

in this issue
  • NGCP Updates
  • Regional Collaborative News
  • Upcoming Events
  • Resources

  • NGCP Updates

    Florida Girls Collaborative Project Kick-Off Conference
    The Florida Girls Collaborative Project Kick-Off Conference was held on November 9, 2007 at the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) in Tampa. The event included speakers and a panel of representatives from NASA, Raytheon, Cisco, Florida Community College of Jacksonville and Girl Scouts of West Central Florida. Community based organizations from the Tampa and St. Petersburg areas showcased their programs and connected with others.

    NGCP Mini-Grants
    The National Girls Collaborative Project offers many tools to help strengthen the capacity of programs serving girls in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). NGCP awards mini-grants to girl-serving STEM focused programs to support collaboration, address gaps and overlaps in service, and share promising practices. Mini-grant projects must relate to either informal learning or evaluation and assessment. A variety of resources about NGCP mini-grants are available on the Web site. The first round of mini-grants will best serve projects that are planned for implementation in late Spring and Summer of 2008. Regions or states not listed will open mini-grants in 2009. To view the current timeline:

    Regional Collaborative News

    New Collaboratives Forming in 2008
    Over the last two months, NGCP leadership team members have participated in site visits with leadership teams in Connecticut, Kentucky, Maine and Texas. (We will be visiting Tennessee in January.) Each site visit included an information meeting for the general public. NGCP made the papers in Kentucky and Maine. Read more about these initiatives via the article links below.

    Connecticut Girls Collaborative Project led by the Girl Scouts of Connecticut

    Kentucky Girls STEM Collaborative Project at the University of Kentucky

    Maine Girls Collaborative Project at the University of Maine

    GRITS Collaborative Project at Middle Tennessee State University

    Texas Girls Collaborative Project at the University of Texas at Austin

    In March 2008, these leadership teams will participate in a Collaboration Institute at Microsoft in Redmond, Washington and then will begin offering activities in their regions. Additional collaboratives will be formed in 2009 in areas of the United States not yet served.

    University of Maine Press Release
    Kentucky Kernel Article

    Upcoming Events

    Tools for Collaboration Success: NGCP Mini- Grants
    December 12, 2007, 11:00-12:00 PST/ 2:00-3:00 EST
    Sometimes great ideas and new collaborative projects need a little help getting started. In this interactive webcast you'll learn how to create collaborations using NGCP mini-grant funding. Past mini-grant recipients will share inspiring stories and outline strategies for successful partnership and program development. Mini-grant application basics and requirements will be presented. Since 2002, the NGCP has awarded over 100 mini-grants to organizations in California, Kansas, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Oregon, Texas, Washington, and Wisconsin that support girl- serving science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) focused programs.
    To register:


    Girls Dominate the Siemens Competition
    In a first for the prestigious Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology for U.S. high school students, girls walked away with top honors in both the individual and team categories.

    Engineering Education Service Center
    Engineering Education Service Center (EESC) is an organization that strives to provide engineering education through publications, videos, workshops and presentations. The mission of the EESC is to provide, or help you provide, information resources to promote, guide, and stimulate interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) with a particular emphasis on engineering. The EESC has 10 years experience writing books, manuals, and newsletters to support programs that encourage, motivate and inspire our youth to consider careers in engineering.

    National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) Gotta Have IT Resource Kit
    Gotta Have IT is an all-in-one computing resource kit designed with educators' needs in mind. A select set of high-quality posters, computing and careers information, digital media and more, the resource kit builds awareness and inspires interest in computing. Resources are for all students and are especially inclusive of girls. Resources were compiled by members of the NCWIT K-12 Alliance.

    NGCP Program Directory- Register your Program Today!
    The online Program Directory lists organizations and programs that focus on motivating girls to pursue STEM careers. The purpose of the directory is to help organizations and individuals network, share resources and collaborate on STEM-related projects for girls. When you sign up for the Program Directory you will enter your program description, resources available within your organization, program and/or organizational needs and contact information.

    American Association of University Women (AAUW) members across the country are serving as Regional Liaisons for the National Girls Collaborative Project. These Regional Liaisons help the people involved in the NGCP to make connections - to one another, to resources on gender equity, and to AAUW.

    AWE is the Assessing Women and Men in Engineering Project, which provides exportable assessment instruments, literature resources, and methodologies for Women in Engineering and similar programs. AWE is developing resources for use by K-12 STEM programs as part of NGCP services.

    National Girls Collaborative Project logo

    The goal of the National Girls Collaborative Project is to maximize access to shared resources within projects and with public and private sector organizations and institutions interested in expanding girls' participation in STEM.

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